Local Reviews: Ask for the Future

Local Reviews: Ask for the Future
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This is an incredibly earnest, occasionally twee, straight-up pop album with breathy male vocals.  The subject matter is mostly juvenile, existential anxiety with an equally juvenile sense of wonder over romantic love.  In other words, this is an album that is aimed squarely at teenaged girls.  … read more

Local Reviews: Spiral Diary

Local Reviews: Spiral Diary
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This CD was a cringefest.  Emo, as a genre, is sort of embarrassing by definition, even at its best, and bad emo music is so mortifying that it makes me want to curl up in a fetal position.  I don’t understand––why did this even get made?  … read more

Local Reviews: Malevolent MC

Local Reviews: Malevolent MC
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SpyHop is known locally as an organization for teens,  and their record label is teen-run, but the debut from Malevolent MC doesn’t sound immature. There’s not, however, much malevolence to be found here.  … read more

Local Reviews: Jef Doogie

Local Reviews: Jef Doogie
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Something Original is good, solid underground rap in the style of most solid underground rap: old-school production and angsty subject matter.  The last part is what kept me from really loving this album.  … read more

Local Reviews: Sarge

Local Reviews: Sarge
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This is not great.  It’s not awful either, it’s just very generic hardcore punk, tinged with a bit of metal.  It’s very loud and angry, but a few songs into it I still found myself yawning. … read more

P.O.S. @ Kilby Court
Taking Back Sunday @ In the Venue
Sister Spit @ The Sponge Bar

Sister Spit @ The Sponge Bar
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Sister Spit is a touring troop of queer literary performance artists. SS was in part founded by Michelle Tea, one of San Francisco’s more distinguished and prolific queer writers. This all-female punky fan of writers first started trekking across the globe in the 90s, and have recently regrouped as Sister Spit: The Next Generation to tour across Europe and the U.S., including a stop in Salt Lake City at the Sponge Bar. … read more

Blitzen Trapper @ In the Venue

Blitzen Trapper @ In the Venue
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It’s rare these days for me to go to a show and remain impressed, engaged and enthusiastic throughout every single set.  So I was quite pleasantly surprised by the recent Blitzen Trapper and Mirah show, which gave me a solid four hours of awesome live music. … read more

Kayo Gallery & Davina Pallone

Kayo Gallery & Davina Pallone
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Kayo Gallery is a pillar of Salt Lake City’s art scene and Davina Pallone is a pillar of Kayo Gallery—Therefore, Pallone is a pillar of Salt Lake’s art scene. Unfortunately, we are losing Pallone, as she is leaving Kayo and Salt Lake City this month. … read more